“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16
Wisdom does not equal dishonesty, and innocence does not equal gullibility. We should strive to be gentle without being pushovers, and we must be sacrificial without being taken advantage of.
Human beings are so vulnerable and since we are a part of a FALLEN race, that state is compared to wolves. It’s different when you have accepted Jesus as your Saviour. But, for those who haven’t, there are traits of cunning behaviours and devouring betrayals. So among such people, we must be assured of our identity in Christ. Because, if we don’t, we get drenched in the pain of rejection or we would constantly let someone else to keep taking the best of us and drain us.
Let God pour out wisdom into our hearts so that we never please people by suppressing the boldness of Christ in us. Let His understanding also give us grace to handle the trash that people throw at us with a shrewdness as of the serpent’s.